A Boy and His Ex-Lawyer

MITCHELL JOHNSON, 13, was "shocked" at what the press wrote about him, so he wanted to explain publicly why he and ANDREW GOLDEN, 11, shot up their Arkansas school, killing four classmates and a teacher. So says Tom Furth, the Ohio lawyer hired by the boy's father. Last Friday ABC's BARBARA WALTERS on 20/20 was prepared to air Mitch Johnson's version of the day of the shooting, as related by Furth. But that afternoon the piece was abruptly dropped.

Details of the interview, including a "hit list" and Mitch's description of the attack, have since seeped into the tabloids. Earlier Furth...

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